Category Archives: Periods – Medieval

Review of Osprey’s ‘The Composite Bow’

Jonathan Aird reviews an Osprey of the Weapon series, titled “The Composite Bow.” It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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Review of ‘The Gempei War 1180-85’ (Osprey)

Jonathan Aird reviews a 2016 Campaign series Osprey on the Gempei War in Samurai-era Japan. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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Robert Hardy, the great longbow expert

By Rob Morgan I met Robert Hardy, who died August 3, twice in the 1980s, at a Mary Rose conference, and later at the old Royal Armouries. I remember, he claimed when speaking to the audience on the second occasion, … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Byzantine Naval Forces 1261-1461’ (Osprey)

Rob Morgan reviews an Osprey Men-at-Arms number on Byzantine naval forces, as originally published in Lone Warrior magazine. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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Campaigning with the plague

By Rob Morgan The weather column in The Times recently reported some research, with wargames potential, by Dr. Kathleen Pribyl of the University of East Anglia. Her team of researchers reconstructed the climate of that substantial part of England from … Continue reading

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William the Conqueror

By Rob Morgan This statue of William, more commonly known as “the Bastard” in his day, stands in the middle of Falaise in Normandy. The statue is close to the major castle of his duchy, and in a town totally … Continue reading

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Review of ‘The Barbary Pirates’ (Osprey)

Jonathan Aird reviews a new Osprey on the history of the Barbary Pirates during the 15th to 17th centuries. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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Review of ‘Attila and the Nomad Hordes’ (Osprey)

Rob Morgan reviews an entry from the Osprey Elite series and finds it tries to cover too much ground. It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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Review of ‘The Armies of Islam 7th-11th Centuries’ (Osprey)

Rob Morgan reviews an early Osprey (from 1982) on a wide-ranging topic, “The Armies of Islam 7th-11th Centuries.” It’s on the Ospreys at a Glance page.

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A familiar name, in print

In recent years, John Curry’s History of Wargaming Project has re-published many of the original, classic books on wargaming. The Project’s latest publication is one of Donald Featherstone’s works, titled “Wargames Through the Ages, Vol. 1: A Wargaming Guide to … Continue reading

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